Computing That Serves

College Honored Alumnus Lecture: What Do Professional Learning Communities Have to do with Factoring a Trinomial?


Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 12:00pm


Steven C. Baugh (BS ’69)
Associate Professor of Education
Director of BYU’s Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITES)
Brigham Young University

Dr. Baugh’s address is centered in three areas. The first regards what has been termed The Moral Dimensions of Teaching which provide a framework for what parents and others in the community should expect from their schools and their teachers. The second stresses the concept of Professional Learning Communities, where a department in a school or a university, with shared goals, work together in collaborative teams focusing on increased learning for their students. The third highlights the work of two math departments in secondary schools in a local school district—departments which have implemented these principles and processes to increase student learning.


A former math teacher, BYU associate professor of education Steven C. Baugh (BS ’69) serves as director of BYU’s Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITES). As superintendent in the Alpine School District, he was honored as Utah Superintendent of the Year in 1998 and that same year was selected to receive the College Honored Alumni Award from the David O. McKay School of Education. Dr. Baugh was inducted into the Utah Educators Hall of Fame in 2000. He and his wife Cathleen reside in Orem and are the parents of eight children and twenty grandchildren.